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Amil
Birth name Amil Whitehead
Born September 19, 1978 (1978-09-19) (age 31)
Origin New York, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop, gangsta rap, hardcore hip hop, R&B
Occupations Rapper, Singer-songwriter, record producer, actress
Years active 1997–present
Labels Roc-A-Fella/Columbia (1997-2001)
D.O.E (2007-present)
Associated acts AZ
Website official Myspace

Amil Whitehead (born September 19, 1978) more commonly known by her stage name Amil, is a American female rapper and singer from New York City.[1] She was prominent in the late 1990s as a Jay-Z protegé, most notably on the single "Can I Get A..." from the Rush Hour soundtrack.

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Early life

Amil was born September 19, 1978 in New York, New York.[2] She is of African American, Native American (specifically Cherokee), and Caucasian descent.[3]

Early career

In 1997, Amil was involved with the all-female group Major Coinz. The group met Jay-Z, who was looking for a woman to provide vocals on his third album, Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. The part for the female rapper was really for her friend, but when Jay-Z asked Amil to freestyle and liked it, he decided to put her on the song instead. Amil, wanting to remain loyal to her friend, did not prefer to be put on the song, but Jay-Z allowed them both to do a version of the song.

She appeared on his following three albums and in many videos by Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Beanie Sigel, Ja Rule, Tamar Braxton and Jaz-O such as, "Nigga What, Nigga Who" and "Can I Get A..." and "Get None". Her vocals were also featured on many album tracks, including "Hey Papi", "Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)", "S. Carter" and "Playa".

All Money Is Legal

After Major Coinz disbanded, Amil pursued a solo career with Jay-Z's label, Roc-a-Fella. Her solo debut, A.M.I.L - All Money Is Legal, was released in 2000. The album featured the hit single "I Got That", a duet with Beyoncé (the lead singer of R&B group Destiny's Child), and All-Star Roc-A-Fella single "4 Da Fam". The album features Memphis Bleek, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Carl Thomas, Eve, and Beanie Sigel. Album sales were disappointing, and the singles did not sell well either. After that album, her last Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam single was released: "Hey Papi", a song from the soundtrack to the feature film The Nutty Professor II. Due the fact that she was not featured in the video, it was expected that she had already been dropped by that time.[citation needed]

End of the Roc-a-Fella days and Current Projects

Towards the end of her Roc-a-Fella days, Amil gained some weight which immediately started rumors that she was pregnant. Her weight gain was much to Jay-Z's chagrin and he publicly chastised her appearance. It is rumored that these factors contributed to Amil's departure from the label and led to her hiatus from the recording industry. She went on a public relations crusade and her story was heavily circulated through rap music publications prior to her exit from the Roc-a-Fella roster. Amil has been criticized by many artist for her sudden departure from the label.

In a 2006 interview, when asked whether female MCs are forced to meet standards that male MCs are not, she said: "Oh yeah. Definitely. You have to be picture-perfect and you have to meet the standards of the perfect woman. That's unreal to me. Real women do not have plastic-looking bodies. The average woman is not a size 0. You can do what you have to do to keep yourself looking like that or you could just be you. Me, I choose to just be me." She went on to say that she holds no grudges against her former labelmates, though she has no communication with them.[4]

Amil re-grouped with the Major Coinz and has released songs on the mixtape circuit. She is currently signed to D.O.E. and has a distribution deal with Baby Grande, which is owned by the producer of the movie Soul Plane.

Amil has two album projects in the works, one entitled "Amil Az Iz" scheduled for release this year, and the other, "Best of Amil".[5]

Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart positions [1]
USA US R&B
2000 All Money Is Legal 45 12
2010 Amil Azizz

Singles

Year Single Chart positions Album
US US
Rap
US
R&B
UK
1998 "Can I Get A..."(with Jay-Z & Ja Rule) 19 22 6 24 Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
1999 "Jigga What, Jigga Who"(with Jay-Z & Jaz-O) 83 24 6 19
"Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)"(Jay-Z feat. Beanie Sigel & Amil) 65 9 11 - Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
2000 "Get None"(Tamar Braxton feat. Jermaine Dupri & Amil) - - 59 - Tamar
"Hey Papi"(Jay-Z feat. Memphis Bleek & Amil) 76 12 16 - Nutty Professor II Soundtrack
"4 Da Fam" (feat. Memphis Bleek, Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel) - 29 99 - A.M.I.L
"I Got That" (feat. Beyoncé) - - 101 -
"That's Right/Get Down" (promo only) - - - -

Album appeareances

Year Song Album
1998 "Can I Get A..."(Jay-Z with Amil & Ja Rule) Rush Hour O.S.T
"Can I Get A..."(Jay-Z with Amil & Ja Rule) Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
"Jigga What, Jigga Who"(Jay-Z feat. Amil & Jaz-O)
1999 "Playa"(Beanie Sigel feat. Amil & Jay-Z) The Truth
"First One Hit"(Amil & Solé) Light It Up O.S.T
"I Still Believe" (Stevie J. Remix)(Mariah Carey featuring Amil & Mocha) I Still Believe CD single
"S. Carter"(Jay-Z feat. Amil) Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
"Pop 4 Roc"(Jay-Z feat. Amil, Memphis Bleek & Beanie Sigel)
"Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)"(Jay-Z feat. Amil & Beanie Sigel)
"For My Thugs"(Funkmaster Flex feat. Amil & Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek & Beanie Sigel) The Tunnel
2000 "Get None"(Tamar Braxton feat. Jermaine Dupri & Amil) Tamar
"Hello"(LL Cool J feat. Amil) G.O.A.T.
"You, Me, Him and Her"(Beanie Sigel, Amil, Jay-Z & Memphis Bleek) The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
"Hey Papi"(Jay-Z feat. Memphis Bleek & Amil) Nutty Professor II Soundtrack
"PYT"(Memphis Bleek feat. Amil & Jay-Z) The Understanding
"Road Dawgs"(Da Brat, Eve, Jay-Z & Amil) Backstage: A Hard Knock Life
2001 "How Many Wanna"(AZ feat. Amil) 9 Lives
"What Yall Wanna Hear"(Queen Pen feat. Amil) Conversations With Queen
2002 "Can I Get A..."(Jay-Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule) Chapter One: Greatest Hits
2003 "Seven Deadly Sins"(DJ Kayslay feat. Amil, Angie Martinez, Duchess, Lady May, Remy Ma, Sonja Blade & Vita) Streets Sweeper, Vol .1
2006 "Can I Get A..."(Jay-Z feat. Amil & Ja Rule) Jay-Z: Greatest Hits
2008 "A Game"(AZ feat. Amil) Undeniable

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